Anthropology, BA

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  • Second Language Requirement: No
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  • Initial Math Course: MAT 142 - College Mathematics

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Are you intrigued by the wider world? Do you want to understand the big picture of humans in all times and all places? Become a changemaker ready to help make the world a better place.

Program Description

Anthropology is the study of what it means to be human, in the broadest possible terms.

The BA program in anthropology helps students recognize and solve problems facing the contemporary world through a broad understanding of humanity. Working alongside leading faculty, students gain experience as apprentices on research projects. Students also have opportunities for hands-on learning through study abroad programs and field schools.

This interdisciplinary program offers training in the main areas of anthropology, including archaeology, bioarchaeology, sociocultural anthropology and evolutionary anthropology.

Students enrolled in this program may not pursue a concurrent BS in anthropology or Bachelor of Arts in global health, but they may add a minor in global health to complement the core curriculum. The Bachelor of Arts in anthropology is primarily for those whose interests lie in society, culture and archaeology, while the Bachelor of Science is primarily taken by students interested in science and mathematics-based courses.

In addition to reviewing the guidelines in the Concurrent Program Options section below, students interested in pursuing concurrent or second baccalaureate degrees in The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are advised to visit The College's website for more information and requirements.

Admission Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Transfer Options

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ASU has transfer partnerships in Arizona and across the country to create a simplified transfer experience for students. These pathway programs include exclusive benefits, tools and resources, and help students save time and money in their college journey. Students may learn more about these programs by visiting the admission site:

Change of Major Requirements

A current ASU student has no additional requirements for changing majors.

Students should refer to for information about how to change a major to this program.

Flexible Degree Options

Accelerated program options

This program allows students to obtain both a bachelor's and master's degree in as little as five years.
It is offered as an accelerated bachelor's and master's degree with:

Global Health

Are you concerned about global health issues? Passionate about changing the world? Go beyond fighting disease and health disparities by digging deeper into their sociocultural and evolutionary roots. Pick up where medical practice leaves off, and create evidence-based, contextually informed and far-reaching solutions to localized and universal health concerns.

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Acceptance to the graduate program requires a separate application. During their junior year, eligible students will be advised by their academic departments to apply.

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Career Outlook

Graduates have the knowledge and skills they need to find jobs in fields where understanding complex human behavior is important.

As the many spheres of human interaction expand globally, people trained in anthropology are increasingly in demand for their broad, holistic knowledge and perspectives and their ability to evaluate and interpret complex problems and work effectively across cultures and languages.

Career opportunities include positions as:

  • cultural consultants
  • curators
  • emergency responders
  • health care administrators
  • nonprofit leaders
  • policy analysts
  • program directors
  • refugee legal advocates
  • researchers and professors

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Anthropologists and Archeologists

  • Growth: 4.2%
  • Median Salary*: 63940

Anthropology and Archeology Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 4%
  • Median Salary*: 85000


  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 58640
  Bright Outlook

Compliance Managers

  • Growth: 3.3%
  • Median Salary*: 128620

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Investment Fund Managers

  • Growth: 16%
  • Median Salary*: 139790
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 11.1%
  • Median Salary*: 60380
  Bright Outlook

Museum Technicians and Conservators

  • Growth: 9.9%
  • Median Salary*: 47270
  Bright Outlook


  • Growth: 4.5%
  • Median Salary*: 98590
  Bright Outlook

Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.7%
  • Median Salary*: 78970

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

Global Opportunities

Global Experience

Study abroad students often cite participation in Global Education programs as the highlight of their academic career and a crucial moment in helping them gain a clearer view of the world, its peoples and the complex challenges facing everyone.

The School of Human Evolution and Social Change offers a suite of faculty-directed Global Education programs designed to connect students with real-life issues that impact local communities yet transect borders. Through any of the more than 300 programs available, students can see the world as they never have before and come away with memories to last a lifetime.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recommends these programs for students majoring in anthropology.

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ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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